Are you a parent who loves blogging but struggles to find the time to keep to a blogging schedule? Yes, me too! It’s frustrating isn’t it? You get the kids fed, the house is finally somewhat clean then you sit down to write and all of a sudden two of your kids are fighting or a baby is screaming for attention. Or you just have too much housework to do and can’t possibly ignore it for a blog! How do juggle kids and writing?
Here are some tips on how to keep everyone happy, including your blog fans.
1 – Treat your blog like it’s a job
If you worked from home, you wouldn’t use your kids as an excuse not to work right? It doesn’t matter if you blog as a hobby or you’re looking to monetise your blog, you must treat it like it is a job and keep it as one of your priorities. If that means asking someone you know to babysit for a couple of hours while you write a post, then so be it. If that’s what gets the job done then go for it. I’ve had my mum babysit for me while I write multiple times!
2 – PublishPress
PublishPress is a cool plug-in you can install on WordPress. You can basically schedule your posts on the calendar as far ahead as you like. You also have the option to write your post ahead of time and schedule a date and time for it to be posted. So if you have some spare time one day and are feeling extra creative, you could write more than one post and schedule them for whatever days you want which will free up some time during the week. The idea is to stay focused and organised so you know what post is going out when. It’s great because instead of sitting around wasting time wondering what to write about, you already know what post is scheduled to go out which day. Love it!!!
3 – Stick to a schedule
Kind like #2 – I’ll admit, I’m not the best of this. I want to write every day but sometimes I just can’t. Find a realistic schedule that works for you and your family and make sure you do it. For example, I want to get a post out once every 48 hours, so this will be my goal from now on. Stay consistent with it, it will become a habit and you’ll make sure you find time then.
4 – Include your kids
Do your kids run riot and drive you crazy while you’re trying to blog? Simple, include them in a blog post. Ask your kids to come up with some questions and then you could come up with some questions for them too, then post the answers in a fun little family blog. I made a page for my 7 year old on my blog and now when she see’s me writing, she sits quietly and thinks of things to write for her page. Super cute. You could also ask them to come up with super cute ideas for posts. Kids have a great imagination and could inspire you!
5 – Blog when they sleep
Maximize your time. If the baby naps, make some time for yourself to bang out a quick blog. Remember, it doesn’t have to be the best post ever, as long as you have interesting content, go for it! But what about the housework? Don’t worry, give yourself 15 minutes a day to write. That should free up enough time to get the housework done. You could also write when the kids are in bed or even wake up 30 minutes earlier to write a post in the morning. Plenty of options! I try to write when my kids have eaten. They are fed and happy, and the baby sits in her high chair for a while without complaining.
I hope these helped. If you have any other tips on how to juggle parenthood and blogging, please comment below! I know it can be overwhelming but you can do it!
Happy New Year 🙂